Lawn Care: What's In and What's Out

(By Gina Gervase, Communications Assistant) A verdant, lush lawn has become an American standard, but the conventional approach to maintaining these lawns can involve some environmentally harmful practices. It’s time for this American classic to get an update and NCAP is here to help you shepherd in a new era for the front yard. Continue reading

Protect Workers and Waters from Drift

(By Megan Dunn, Healthy People & Communities Program Director) Have you ever seen a billowing cloud of pesticides wafting from a field or a plane overhead? If you live near agricultural land, it's probably a regular sight. Over 899 million pounds of pesticide (roughly $9,055 million dollars) are used at the producer level in agriculture in the U.S. every year.[1] Continue reading

Prevent and Treat Moss on Roofs

In the Pacific Northwest, we cherish every shade of green. But during the rainy season as the landscape turns verdant again, so does the moss on our rooftops. Revived with the winter rains, the resilient Bryophyta begins to soak up and store excess rainwater as it has no roots. The stored water begins to seep under to the shingles and can seep through the roof underlayment and sheathing, the protective material between the shingles and the roof deck. Waterlogged roofing material can lead to unhealthy growths of mold and costly repairs from rot, sometimes compromising the structural integrity of your roof. Need expert advice for a tough problem? Check out our sliding scale, tailored services! Continue reading

Three Insecticides Jeopardize Future Survival of Salmon and Southern Resident Orca

Once again, top federal scientists have confirmed that certain pesticides jeopardize the continued existence of most of the Pacific salmon and steelhead species in Oregon, Washington and California. Continue reading

Executive Director Departure

(From Tony Brand, Board President, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides) It is with a bittersweet mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Kim Leval's departure as Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), effective December 27, 2017. Continue reading